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Bond Street Bridge – The Mapmaker’s Art


Fri 19 Sep 2008, 9:00pm

Where: Wine Cellar, 183 Karangahape Road, Newton, Auckland

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  • Adult: $10.00
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Listed by: Monkey Records

Bond Street Bridge is releasing his debut album, The Mapmaker’s Art, on the 15th of September via Monkey Records/Rhythm Method. The album launch will be celebrated at Auckland’s Wine Cellar in St Kevin’s Arcade, with support from special guests The Broken Heartbreakers. Bond Street Bridge will then take his acclaimed solo show on the road, embarking on an extensive tour supporting Reb Fountain and the Bandits.

Bond Street Bridge is the creation of Auckland-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Sam Prebble. Sam has been playing music for as long as he can remember, and ‘probably before that as well,’ as he puts it. Bond Street Bridge is currently a solo project, but Sam has bas always played in bands, orchestras and choirs. For the past few years he has been playing in the Broken Heartbreakers and Reb Fountain’s Bandits, and has recently guested on releases by White Swan Black Swan, Dylan Storey and Andy Gibson, playing fiddle and writing string arrangements. Sam’s experience in bands and orchestras has developed the strong sense for arrangement and orchestration he brings to his debut album, ‘The Mapmaker’s Art.’ Listening to the lush soundscapes and cunningly interleaved parts on this record, it is hard to believe that it was recorded on a laptop with one microphone, in a falling-down villa next to a motorway.

Working by himself, Sam had the luxuries of time and creative free rein, which he used to craft a unique and original record. The result is an often surprising collection of songs dealing with what Sam describes as ‘the details of daily life – extinct giant birds, storms at sea, pointless wanderings in the desert, demonic temptation and the like.’ This is imaginative and refined songwriting which achieves both honesty and enigma; slightly detached but never cynical, concise but never terse.

The record uses a sonic palette consisting of guitars, violin, mandolin, piano, organs, percussion and vocals, all played by Sam, with double bass on two tracks provided by Wellington-based artist Kate Whelen. These organic and acoustic elements are complemented and supported by glitchy beats, warm reverbs and washed-out tape echoes, producing an overall sound which is at once nostalgic and innovative. Jangly mandolins ride comfortably on top of rolling basslines, and fiddle lines trace paths through a forest of computerised beats.

This album, while fresh and original, pays homage to the artists whose work has influenced Sam over the years. The influence of New Zealand artists such as Demarnia Lloyd and Cloudboy, Bachelorette and SJD, as well as international artists such as Bjork, Beck, New Buffalo, Neko Case, Thom Yorke, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen is audible on this record. In creating this work, Sam also drew inspiration from writers, painters and filmmakers, among them Ursula Le Guin, Hone Tuwhare, Bill Hammond, Kurt Vonnegut, Christine Jeffs and Carol Ann Duffy.

The title of the record, ‘The Mapmaker’s Art,’ is a reflection of the fact that most of the songs are about movement, getting from on place to another. Sam says ‘we draw a map to describe a place we’ve been, a place that existed before us and continues to exist without us. The art of the mapmaker is to describe a place to someone else so they can get there and back with a minimum of fuss. Needless to say, most of the places I describe on this album are not really real, but I invite you to come and visit them just the same.’

For more information/interviews contact:
Ph 027 545 6887

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